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ber my last end, that I may not dare to sin against thee. Let thy holy angels be ever present with me, to keep me in all my ways from the malice and violence of the spirits of darkness, from evil company, and the occasions and opportunities of evil, from all the ways of sinful shame, from the hands of all mine enemies, from a sinful life, and from despair in the hour of my death. Then, O blessed Jesus, shine gloriously upon me; let thy mercies, and the light of thy countenance sustain me in my agonies, weaknesses, and temptations; give me an opportunity of a prudent and spiritual guide, and of receiving the holy sacrament; and let thy loving Spirit so guide me in the ways of peace and safety, that with the testimony of a good conscience, and the sense of thy mercies and grace, I may depart this life in the unity of the church, in the love of God, and a certain hope of salvation through thee, my Lord and blessed Saviour. Amen.

IV.

Into thy hands, most blessed Jesus, I commend my soul and body, for thou hast redeemed both with thy most precious blood. So bless and sanctify my sleep unto me, that it may be temperate, holy, and safe, a refreshment to my wearied body, to enable it so to serve my soul, that both may serve thee with a never-failing duty. O let me never sleep in sin or death eternal, but give me a watchful and a prudent spirit, that I may omit no opportunity of serving thee; that whether I sleep or wake, live or die, I may be thy servant and thy child; that when the work of my life is done, I may rest in the bosom of my Lord; till by the voice of the archangel, the trump of God, I shall be awakened and called to sit down and feast at the eternal supper of the Lamb. Grant this, O Lamb of God, for the honour of thy

mercies, and the glory of thy name, O most merciful Saviour and Redeemer Jesus. Amen.

Our Father, &c.

Psalm cxxi. 1, &c.—I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the Lord, who hath made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

The sun shall not smite thee by day, neither the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in, from this time forth for evermore. Glory be to the Father, &c.

To your Evening Devotions add the following Act of Intercession.

O GOD of infinite mercy, who hast compassion on all men, and relievest the necessities of all that call to thee for help; hear the prayers of thy servant, who is unworthy to ask any petition for himself, yet in humility and duty is bound to pray for others.

O let thy mercy descend upon the whole church; preserve her in truth and peace, in unity and safety; that offering to thy glory the never-ceasing sacrifice of prayer and thanksgiving, she may advance the honour of her Lord, and be filled with his Spirit, and partake of his glory. Amen.

Bless all Christian rulers, and grant them grace, wisdom, and understanding, to execute justice, and to maintain truth. Amen.

Bless those who minister in holy things. Clothe them with salvation, that the people may rejoice. Amen.

Let all my family and kindred, my neighbours and friends, receive the benefit of my prayers, and the blessings of thy favour; the comforts and supports of thy providence, and the sanctification of thy Spirit. Amen.

Relieve and comfort all the persecuted and afflicted; speak peace to troubled consciences; strengthen the weak; confirm the strong; instruct the ignorant; deliver the oppressed from him that spoileth him; and relieve the needy that hath no helper; and bring us all, by the waters of comfort, and in the ways of righteousness, to the kingdom of rest and glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

To your Devotions on Sunday add the following.

(From Bishop Andrews.)

THROUGH the tender mercy of our God, the dayspring from on high hath visited us.

Blessed be thy name, O Lord, for that light which no darkness ever overspreads, that sun which never goes down.

O thou who, on this day, didst rise again, raise up my soul to newness of life; grant me repentance from dead works, and plant me in the likeness of thy resurrection.

And thou, O Father and God of peace, who didst bring again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ,

that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant; make me perfect in every good work to do thy will, working in me that which is well pleasing in thy sight, through Jesus Christ.

O thou who didst also on this day of the week send down on thy apostles thy most Holy Spirit ; take not the same Spirit away from us; but grant to all thy servants who ask it of thee, that they may be daily renewed, and more plentifully enriched with the same.

O Lord, who, by choosing this day for these most important, most beneficial events, didst direct thy apostles to call it, and to make it thy holy day; grant that by imploring thy grace, and celebrating thy praise on this holy day; by praising and reading thy word; and by attending on the public assemblies of thy saints in the house where thy honour dwelleth; I may be prepared for that eternal rest which remaineth for the people of God, of which the sacred rest of this day is a figure and a pledge -and for joining in the eternal hymns of angels and blessed spirits in the life to come; ascribing unto God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, honour and praise, for ever and ever. Amen.

SHORT EJACULATIONS.

In the Morning, when you first awake and see the Light.

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I BLESS thee, O Lord, for watching over me this night, and for bringing me to enjoy the comforts of another day. Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon me.

WHEN YOU GET UP.

I laid me down and slept, and rose up again, for the Lord sustained me. O let me awake unto righteousness, and arise from the dead, that Christ may give me light.

WHEN YOU LIE DOWN AT NIGHT.

I will lay me down in peace, to take my rest. 0 my God, under the shadow of thy wings make me to dwell in safety.

IN THE CHURCH, BEFORE DIVINE SERVICE.

O Lord, pardon my sins, and receive my prayers; and may the truths of salvation here proclaimed make me wise unto salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

AFTER DIVINE SERVICE.

O Lord, pardon the imperfections both of my prayers and praises, and incline me not only to hear thy word, but to obey the same, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

GRACE BEFORE MEAT.

Bless, O Lord, we beseech thee, this refreshment to our use, and us to thy service, for Christ's sake. Amen.

GRACE AFTER MEAT.

For this and every other mercy, O God, thy holy name be praised, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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